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Vitamin C | Ask the ND with Dr. Jeremy Wolf

March 7, 2020

Hello everyone. Welcome back to another edition
of Ask The ND. I’m Dr. Jeremy Wolf. Upon its discovery in the 1930s, vitamin C has been
one of the most talked about and researched vitamins. However, vitamin C benefits dates
back to the early days of global exploration, when sailors often times died from a preventable
disease known as scurvy- a result of a vitamin C deficiency. Although unaware of the actual
substance, in the 1700s, a Scottish doctor performed an experiment that showed citrus
fruits cured scurvy. In this episode of Ask The ND, I’m going to talk about current uses
and benefits of vitamin C. Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water soluble
vitamin. Like many other vitamins, humans do not have the ability to make vitamin c,
so we must get it from the supplements we take or the foods we eat. Sources of vitamin
c include dark leafy greens, citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruit, kiwi fruit, strawberries,
tomato, and broccoli. In the body, vitamin c has many functions. It’s an essential co-factor
for numerous reactions, it functions as an antioxidant, plays an important role in immune
function, and is necessary for wound healing and the synthesis of collagen. So what else
does it do in the body? Here’s the rundown. Vitamin C has been found to have both antiviral,
as well as antibacterial activity. While research regarding whether or not vitamin C can protect
against the common cold has been mixed, research has concluded that it may help reduce the
duration of the cold. Allergic Rhinitis is the most common allergic disorder in the U.S.,
and many of the symptoms are a result of a release of histamine. It may prevent histamine
secretion, and also, research has shown that histamine’s levels increase as vitamin C’s
levels decrease. New research is being conducted on vitamin C’s use for cardiovascular disease,
as higher levels of vitamin C may lower risk for heart disease. Vitamin C may offer protection
against high blood pressure, plaque buildup, as well as other blood vessel changes that
precede heart disease. There are a few mechanisms of action that may make vitamin C beneficial
for those who suffer from asthma. Vitamin C may reduce airway hyper-re-activity, as
well as promote relaxation of tracheal smooth muscle. Research has also shown that there
may be a link between lower levels of ascorbic acid in children with asthma, verses controls.
Vitamin C supplements are available in ascorbic acid, and in buffered form which includes
sodium ascorbate, calcium ascorbate and more. It also comes as an Ester C, which is a proprietary
product of calcium ascorbate and vitamin C metabolites. For adults, the most frequently
used doses of vitamin C ranges from 100 to 3,000mg per day. Vitamin C is best tolerated
when taken with food. If taking higher doses, it’s best to split the doses throughout the
day. Vitamin C interacts with other supplements. It increases iron absorption, inhibits copper
absorption, and works in conjunction together with vitamin E to function as an antioxidant.
Certain individuals with underlying health conditions should not take vitamin C in excess,
and therefore must check with their healthcare provider before starting. Thank you for watching
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